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"There is no equal to pure love"
  • TV-PG
  • 2003
  • 8.0  (925)
  • 53

Magnifico is a 2003 Filipino drama film directed by Maryo J. de los Reyes. Set in a rural town in the Philippines, Magnifico tells the story of a young boy named Magnifico (Jiro Manio) who dreams of finding a way to help his family through their poverty and his mother's illness. Magnifico is a kind and intelligent boy who always tries to do the right thing. He has a close relationship with his parents (played by Lorna Tolentino and Albert Martinez) as well as his siblings. Despite their poverty, Magnifico's family is close-knit and supportive of each other.

As Magnifico's mother's health deteriorates, he becomes increasingly determined to find a way to help her. He considers different ways to make money, including selling sampaguita (jasmine flowers), doing odd jobs, and joining a talent show. Along the way, he meets a diverse cast of characters, including a priest (played by Gloria Romero) who offers him guidance and advice.

Despite encountering many challenges and setbacks, Magnifico never loses hope. He remains determined to find a way to help his family and make his mother well again.

Throughout the film, Magnifico's kindness and perseverance inspire those around him. He helps an elderly neighbor fix his leaky roof and befriends a homeless boy who is often teased by other children. Magnifico's simple acts of kindness have a profound impact on those he meets.

Magnifico is also a film that deals with important themes such as poverty, family, and the power of kindness. The film portrays the struggles that many families in the Philippines face when living in poverty, including access to healthcare and education.

The performances in Magnifico are outstanding. Jiro Manio delivers a powerful performance as the titular character, capturing both Magnifico's innocence and determination. Lorna Tolentino and Albert Martinez are also excellent as Magnifico's parents, conveying the deep love they have for their son and their struggles to provide for their family. The supporting cast, including Gloria Romero, is also strong.

The direction by Maryo J. de los Reyes is sensitive and compassionate. He captures the beauty of the rural Philippine setting, while also conveying the harsh realities of poverty. The film is well-paced, never feeling melodramatic, and effectively balances the serious subject matter with moments of humor and warmth.

Overall, Magnifico is a poignant and uplifting film that celebrates the power of kindness and resilience in the face of adversity. It is a film that will move and inspire anyone who watches it.

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